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Whales frequently frolic in the Strait of Georgia and around the Gulf Islands, which means you can easily see them on your visit to Vancouver. Read on for everything you need to know about spotting these graceful marine mammals in British Columbia.

When to Go
This region's whale watching season typically runs from March through October, when thousands of whales migrate through the area. It's often much cooler on the water than it is on shore, so be sure to dress in layers.

What You'll See
The most commonly sighted whales are resident orcas, which feed on migrating salmon, and transient orcas, which hunt for porpoises, seals, and other marine mammals. You may also see pods of gray whales traveling through the region. Have your camera ready—spotting these mammoth creatures leaping through the water beside your boat is a sight you'll want to capture.

How to Go
There are plenty of whale watching trips that depart from Vancouver—these excursions last anywhere from three hours to a full day and often feature an on-board naturalist who can tell you about British Columbia's ecology. If you have time to spare, consider combining whale watching with a visit to the charming city of Victoria on Vancouver Island. You can get there by seaplane, ferry, or the whale watching boat itself.
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Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Vancouver

Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Vancouver

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This whale-watching adventure from downtown Vancouver gives you the chance to see whales and other marine life. Hop aboard the 'Salish Sea Dream' our 80-foot flagship catamaran, and keep your eyes peeled from one of several viewing areas.. Learn about the local history and geology from knowledgeable crew on board, and soak up views of the Gulf Islands, San Juan Islands, and Howe Sound.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Whale-Watching Tour from Vancouver
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Whale-Watching Tour from Vancouver

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Scout for an incredible array of marine life during this half-day Vancouver whale watching cruise. Join a professional naturalist on board a modern boat as you search for creatures including orcas, seals, porpoises, and eagles. The waters for your cruise are renowned for attracting whales, offering an up to 90% success rate with sightings. Best of all, enjoy spectacular scenery set amidst the Gulf and San Juan Islands. Your whale watching trip from Vancouver includes round-trip transport from your hotel, plus bottled water and snacks.
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  • 3 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD131.02
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Seaplane Flight to Victoria and Whale-Watching Cruise

Seaplane Flight to Victoria and Whale-Watching Cruise

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Discover the natural wonders of Vancouver and Victoria an exhilarating whale watching excursion! Delight in lovely aerial views on the crossing of the Strait of Georgia by seaplane—the most eco-friendly transport to Victoria. From the island capital, set off on an exciting cruise through Haro Strait, native home to orcas (killer whales), sea lions and seals, followed by a return flight to the mainland.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Sunset Whale Watching Adventure from Vancouver

Sunset Whale Watching Adventure from Vancouver

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Hop aboard one of our Salish Sea Catamarans – high-speed, luxury, custom-built catamarans. With a total of 200 seats and a maximum capacity of 95 passengers, there is sure to be enough room throughout the vessel to provide safe distancing for our guests. Experience the majesty of the Georgia Strait & Howe Sound in comfort in search of native marine wildlife and listen to our local experts bring the animals' stories to life! The quintessential whale watching experience for every adventurer. Ease into the evening aboard our luxury catamaran, Salish Sea Freedom or Dream, as we depart Vancouver’s False Creek. This 3-5 hour tour is a photographer’s favourite and a relaxing way to end the day as the sun sets over the Salish Sea.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Vancouver Whale Watching Safari
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Vancouver Whale Watching Safari

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Watch for orca, gray and humpback whales on a full-day wildlife safari from Vancouver on a comfortable, covered boat. Learn about the whales’ lives, behavior and migration patterns from a trained naturalist, and try to spot the dolphins, seals, sea lions and bald eagles that thrive along the Pacific Coast. Whales are sighted on 85% of trips.
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  • 5 hours
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Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Ticket
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Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Ticket

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Immerse yourself in nature’s splendor moments from downtown Vancouver. History meets the great outdoors at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, where you wander through the stunning temperate rain forest. Soar over the Capilano River as you cross the suspension bridge, climb through old-growth fir trees on the Treetops Adventure, and rise high above the canyon along a towering wall of granite on the new Cliffwalk.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Vancouver Seaplane Tour
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Vancouver Seaplane Tour

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Soar above the scenic city of Vancouver, enjoying a bird's eye view of its picturesque harbor and nearby mountain peaks, on this 20-minute, small-group seaplane flight. Hop aboard your seaplane as you leave the tourist crowds in downtown Vancouver behind, as you glide above the city's beautiful skyline and take in an aerial view of its Olympic facilities. This small-group flight, limited to just 14 guests, also includes a carbon offset levy.
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  • 30 minutes
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Sea Vancouver City and Harbour Tour
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Sea Vancouver City and Harbour Tour

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See Vancouver's dramatic skyline from the water on a small-group cruise in an inflatable Zodiac boat that accommodates 12 passengers. You'll navigate Vancouver Harbour, Burrard Inlet, English Bay, and False Creek, spotting some of the city's top sites and landmarks along the way. And since Vancouver Harbour is home to bald eagles, harbor seals, and dolphins, keep your camera ready and watch for wildlife as you hit speeds up to 30 mph (48 kph).
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Grouse Mountain Admission

Grouse Mountain Admission

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Escape to the picturesque alpine landscape just outside Vancouver with this admission to Grouse Mountain, a cultural and outdoor park that's perfect for the whole family. Enjoy the chance to observe endangered animals like owls and bears, or watch the park's collection of birds of prey as they soar through the air. You can also enjoy a ride on one of the longest aerial trams in North America, go snowshoeing, and watch a lumberjack show, plus much more. Along with your Grouse Mountain admission, a shuttle is available (first-come first-serve basis) from downtown Vancouver and ride on the park's peak chairlift.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Vancouver
"The staff was outstanding. Very knowledgeable and provided interesting insight. Boat was very safe and fast. Got to destinations very quickly"..."
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Whale-Watching Tour from Vancouver
"Exceptional experience. Could able to find Whale (humpback whale), Dolphins, Sea Seals. It was around four hours journey. Well behaved, knowledgeable and cooperative staffs. Purchasing tickets through viator is easy and economical as I have used the app to get 10% discount that saves a resonable amount of money."..."
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Seaplane Flight to Victoria and Whale-Watching Cruise
"The flight itself was fun. Dress in warm clothes for the boat ride. We unfortunately didn't see any whales but did see some seals. There was a little over two hours to explore Victoria downtown after the boat ride before the return flight."..."
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Sunset Whale Watching Adventure from Vancouver
"The staff was awesome and the capt mate was VERY FUNNY AND INFORMATIVE!! Lifetime memories! Worth every dime!"..."
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Vancouver Whale Watching Safari
"Really good trip, our crew were great and worked hard to make sure we did see some whales. We saw humpback whales on our trip, did try to find orcas but they were elusive and didn’t manage to see any. Also saw sea lions, bald eagles and a sea otter. Would definitely recommend."..."
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Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Ticket
"Amazing views and lots of information. The bridge was very wobbly at times but added to the experience!"..."
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Vancouver Seaplane Tour
"Very professional , from check in to boarding flight a great experience. Would highly recommend to anyone visiting Vancouver."..."
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Sea Vancouver City and Harbour Tour
"Raphel our guide made it the most memorable. It was fun ride beautiful day, good way to see skyline. Raphel was super duper as a guide. A bundle of info and a delightful person"..."
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Grouse Mountain Admission
"The grizzly bears and one young lady that works on the mountain. Here name is Astrid (I’m not sure I spelled .that correctly) she is 6’1” tall and from Belgium. I am handicapped and she realized I was having trouble and came to my aid to get me back to tram area. Totally amazing staff member and deserves a big attaboy! Thanks Astrid, Bill"..."
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